Designation of Independence on August 31, 1957 Designation of Independence on August 31, 1957

The date for Federation of Malaya Independence on 31 August 1957, was determined after Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra, Haji Sulaiman Palestin, Haji Ahmad Badawi, and a number of other UMNO leaders sought the views of Sheikh Abdullah Fahim, the great scholar from Kepala Batas, Penang. According to Sheikh Abdullah Fahim, if the British would not grant independence to Malaya on 31 August 1957, the next fitting date should be 31 August 1962. The date 31 August 1957, in Arabic is 'Am Khir Atana' which means 'Good Year Has Come to Us'.

 

Sheikh Abdullah Fahim whose real name is Abdullah bin Ibrahim bin Haji Tahir